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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Princess Ameera Al-Taweel" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2019 21:50:23 +0100
Subject: DONATION FOR less-privileged 9/23/2019

I am Princess Ameera Al-Taweel (Saudi Arabian Princess / Philanthropist }, I have a Proposition involving a legitimate Investment /humanitarian Charity initiative in your country .
The fund is running into tangible million,sum of (Fifteen Million,Six hundred thousand United State Dollars} in Philippines which i want to invest into Real Estate and to buy land to build Orphanage homes/Schools , hospital and help the Widow ,empowerment of women and youths ,Orphans, Poor and Needy Children.I have supported a wide range of humanitarian interests in both Saudi Arabia and around the world. My Foundation is an International, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting programs and projects aimed at poverty alleviation, disaster relief, interfaith dialogue, and Men/ women's empowerment.

If you would be very honest and interested to handle this project ,please reply with your full name ,address ,mobile number to my Private Email: for more information. You can check on my bio-data page to get a proper understanding of me

Warmest Regards,
Princess Ameera Al-Taweel

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